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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Sullivan greets Leif Albertson at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce lunch. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Courts Rural Alaska Voters

Late last week, U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan took his campaign to Bethel. The challenger to Senator Mark Begich, who, if successful, may be the Senator that tilts the power balance in the Senate from Democratic to Republican.

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October 23, 2014

AVCP Works to Reopen Flight School

The Association of Village Council Presidents is working toward reopening their flight School, Yuut Yaqungviat, in Bethel. AVCP President Myron Naneng says bringing back the flight school is part of an economic development strategy.

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October 21, 2014

Calista Prepares For Shareholder Vote On Enrolling Descendants

This week, the Calista Corporation begins touring the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to educate shareholders about the impacts of enrolling more people. Next year shareholders will decide whether to enroll descendants. Increasing the number of owners would impact governance of the company and the size of shareholder dividends.

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October 15, 2014
Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Just weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel.

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October 13, 2014
Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Just weeks before voters decide the future make up of the U.S. Senate, Bethel residents heard what might be the start of the final push by the incumbent Senator.

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October 10, 2014
Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management

Subsistence Panel Looks Toward Future of Salmon Management

Tribal co-management and Chinook bycatch took center stage Tuesday at a subsistence panel at the Association of Village Council Presidents conference.

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October 9, 2014
Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Kuskokwim River May Meet Its Chinook Escapement Goal

Unprecedented closures kept fishermen this summer from targeting king salmon in an effort to bring more fish to spawning grounds after several poor runs. The drainage-wide results showing how well the management worked are now beginning arrive, and the state says the Kuskokwim may have achieved its critical Chinook escapement goal.

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October 7, 2014
Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support

Senate Candidates Vie for Rural Support

This year’s U.S. Senate race in Alaska is shattering records for spending, with millions in outside dollars directed mostly toward TV ads. With less than two months before the general election, both campaigns are also aggressively seeking an edge on the ground in rural Alaska.

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September 22, 2014
Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal Sovereignty

Yupiit Nation Members Talk Tribal Sovereignty

Terms like tribal sovereignty, Native Rights, and co-management, are all open to interpretation. One of the most vocal groups in the Y-K Delta, Yupiit Nation, recently met to hash out their vision of future governance in the region. Members have a spectrum of views about what tribal sovereignty really means.

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September 9, 2014

LKSD Moves Forward On Student-Based Health Center

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is moving forward on a school-based health center for students in Bethel.

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September 4, 2014
Mom, Tot Injured In ATV Hit-And-Run

Mom, Tot Injured In ATV Hit-And-Run

A Mountain Village woman was arrested Wednesday after driving an ATV into a woman pushing a toddler in a stroller.

August 28, 2014
Charges Filed Against Bethel Man Shot in Altercation with Police

Charges Filed Against Bethel Man Shot in Altercation with Police

The state has filed charges against the 31-year-old Bethel man who was shot after he wielded a baseball bat in a fight with Bethel Police.

August 26, 2014

Bethel Man Recovering From Gunshot Wound After Altercation With Police

A 31-year-old Bethel man is recovering after being shot by a police officer during an altercation Friday. The man, Aaron Moses, was stabilized in Bethel and medevaced to Anchorage. One officer was also treated for minor injuries.

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August 18, 2014
More Commercial Coho Fishing Coming to the Kuskokwim

More Commercial Coho Fishing Coming to the Kuskokwim

There’s a sigh of relief on the middle Kuskokwim River as the silver salmon have arrived and smokehouses are firing up. The run appears to be looking good, and the Department of Fish and Game says the river is ready for more commercial fishing.

August 14, 2014
Bethel Residents Press City Council on Allegations of Police Brutality

Bethel Residents Press City Council on Allegations of Police Brutality

Bethel citizens called for action from the City Council regarding allegations of police brutality at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.  The city says they are investigating and officials are keeping the details under wrap as they are evidently facing litigation.

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August 13, 2014
The Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park Wall of Honor was dedicated August 1, 2014. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Alaska Territorial Guard ‘Wall of Honor’ Dedicated in Bethel

Volunteers working at Bethel’s Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park are one step closer to completion. On Friday afternoon, local organizers and state military leadership dedicated the recently completed ‘Wall of Honor.’

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August 5, 2014
No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening

No Plans Yet For Commercial Kuskokwim Opening

For the second consecutive week, it’s “wait and see” for fishermen who are eager or anxious for the next commercial opening on Kuskokwim River.

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July 31, 2014

Officials Consider Proposed Federal Takeover of Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery

After a summer of long Chinook salmon closures and a weak chum run on the Kuskokwim river, middle and upper river subsistence fishermen eagerly await word about whether the federal government will take control of the fishery.

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July 25, 2014

Former Bethel Foster Parent Sentenced 66 Years for Child Sex Abuse

Former Bethel foster parent Peter Tony will spend the rest of his life in prison. Tony was sentenced Tuesday to 66 years in jail with no parole for three consolidated child sex abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty.

July 22, 2014
Governor Parnell signs HB 301, which eases the burdens on families for required autopsies. L to R: Alaska Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Zientek, Rep. Bob Herron, Governor Sean Parnell, YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, and Senator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK - Bethel)

Governor Signs Bill in Bethel to Ease Autopsy Burden

Governor Sean Parnell was in Bethel Thursday to sign a bill intended to help rural families navigate the process of having an autopsy done hundreds of miles away in Anchorage.

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July 18, 2014